their agenda during the festive season.
Anushka Sharma says no to firecrackers
For many, Diwali is synonymous with firecrackers. But Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma is not on this ‘cracker’ list. In fact, the Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) actor hasn’t even touched firecrackers since 2004-05.
“It is true that I stopped bursting crackers around six to seven years ago. I think it’s not good for the environment. So, while we might enjoy the colours and sound, no one can imagine the harm it does in terms of pollution,” says the actor. Also, “I remember the day when I saw how petrified my friend’s dog was due to the loud noise the firecrackers made. That day I stopped bursting crackers for good. I felt that it’s really unfair on pets. The festival and its celebration shouldn’t just be about you. After all, your pets are also as important.”
Anushka’s Diwali is going to be extremely special this year, considering her next biggie, the late Yash Chopra’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan, hits theatres on November 13.
Sonakshi Sinha mixes tradition with eco-friendliness
Diwali is a special occasion for Sonakshi Sinha and her family. Having grown up with two brothers, Luv and Kush, the actor’s day has always been full of fun and laughter.
Ask the actor, whose upcoming film, Son Of Sardaar releases on Diwali day, about how she celebrates the festival and she says, “Diwali has always been about togetherness in our family. My father makes it a point to come home from whichever part of the world he is in. There is a puja at home after which dinner is with the family at home or at our family friends’ homes. It’s great fun because it’s one of those days when all of us — family and friends — come together, spend time and have a lot of fun."
She continues that from that year onwards she decided to stop bursting crackers. “I made the choice to only burn one phuljhari to welcome Diwali. It’s said to be auspicious. I think that’s my favourite memory because I learnt something and I made a decision that would benefit the environment.”
Tradition mixed with fun for Govinda
“Diwali is a fun time,” says Govinda who, by his own admission, has never missed a single Diwali at home. “We have the traditional Laxmi Puja in the evening and after that, the whole family gathers at our home and we light sparklers, burst crackers and then feast on the delicious spread prepared by Sunita — especially her to-die-for mutton masala. And then the fun begins when the cards are brought out and we all sit down to play through the night.”
Meet The Kapoors, the foodies: Randhir, Rishi & Rajiv
Eveyone in the Kapoor khaandan (including Kareena and Karisma) is apparently a foodie. Bollywood's first family enjoys the festivities with great food and some fine whiskey.
Randhir Kapoor reveals, "We no longer have Diwali parties, like we did earlier. But we are a very close-knit family so we do meet and greet each other during Diwali." On the occassion, Rishi Kapoor says: During Diwali, we would go to Chembur to exchange greetings. A puja would be held in the house and we would get shagun. A lavish non-vegetarian spread would be laid out and we would light firecrackers. The party would end the next day after breakfast!
Friends & family get-togethers for Raveena Tandon
It is the only time in the year that the whole family gets together,” says Raveena. “Chhoti Diwali, especially, is family day. For Lakshmi Puja, both Anil’s and my family come to our place. All the children meet and light phuljaris and patakas (firecrackers) and gorge on sweets. We then go to my mom’s house, following which we visit Anil’s relatives. The next day is for friends. We have them over for dinner in small bunches, or go over to our friends’ get-togethers and play small Rs. 10-20-stake card games. It’s basically a time to meet friends, play cards and indulge in sweets without guilt. After all, it is Diwali, so the diet can be ignored for a few days.”
Susanne Khan's eco-friendly Diwali
"For this Diwali, I have honestly not thought of anything, but my thorough cleaning process is already underway. Whatever I do, the focus will be on keeping the environment positive. So a nice aroma will be there, in addition to the good energy that every family member will experience.When you have kids, like I do, you have to also make sure that nothing, in terms of renovation and doing up things is dangerous to your children. Their safety is of paramount importance."
Ameesha to host her first Diwali bash
Actor Ameesha Patel will host her first Diwali party tonight. The 37-year-old actor has invited friends from the film fraternity such as filmmakers David Dhawan, Ramesh Taurani, Madhur Bhandarkar and actors Shahid Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor. “It will be a cards party that she is hosting at her partner Kuunal Ghoomer’s house. There will also be Race 2 cards (her next film) at the bash. The party will start at 10pm and go on till morning. Breakfast will be served to the guests. Ameesha will wear a lehenga for the party and the house will be done up with white rajnigandha
flowers and specially ordered lights and chandeliers,” says a source.
Babies' day out: Grand plans for Bollywood's first-timers
Aaradhya's first Diwali!
Actor couple Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan will go the extra mile with the festivities because it is not just their daughter Aaradhya’s first Diwali but
also her first birthday three days later.
“Grandpa Amitabh Bachchan is leaving no stone unturned and has ordered 200 kandils (paper lanterns) from a well-known manufacturer in Thane — Kailash Desle, who specialises in making eco-friendly decorative items. The entire Bachchan house will be adorned with them.”
Special Diwali for Viaan
Actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra and her industrialist husband Raj Kundra also have grand plans for their five-month-old son Viaan Raj Kundra. “He is the light of our lives and what better than to celebrate Diwali with him. We will make our son’s first Diwali special,” says Shilpa who is also hosting a card party at her house on Diwali.
What's on the menu for Winston & Viraj?
Actor Celina Jaitly and her hotelier husband Peter Haag have donated to a charitable organisation to bring in their seven-month-old twin sons Winston and Viraj’s first Diwali. “On behalf of our sons, we donated Diwali crackers, sweets and clothes to an organisation of less fortunate kids. We want our children to grow up to be caring, human beings,” she says.
Bollywood wishes Happy Diwali
Katrina Kaif: “My best wishes and warm Diwali greetings to all the readers of HT Café. Light the diyas, enjoy the sweets, but in small portions. Have loads of fun, be safe and please ensure the safety of others. It’s a delightful occasion and should remain that way — light, warm and fun-filled.”
Shah Rukh Khan: Diwali is always a special day, for many reasons. Most of my films release on Diwali and I don’t know if it’s because of Diwali that my films do well, or the fact that my films do well that makes Diwali special. I just know that the day is always special. So here’s wishing everyone a happy Diwali!
Akshay Kumar: I wish everyone a happy and positive Diwali.
Ranbir Kapoor: “I wish everyone a very happy and safe Diwali. Please burn less crackers and burn whatever you do from a safe distance. Celebrate Diwali peacefully and make it memorable for you and your family.”
Sonakshi Sinha: I would like to wish all the readers a very happy and fun Diwali. Make sure that this Diwali is even more dhamakedar. Have a great time with your friends and family and enjoy every bit of the festival. Lots of love!
Amitabh Bachchan: Deepawali ke shubh avsar pe hum sab ki shubhkamnaein.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: It has been a sparkling year, and I wish everyone a very happy Diwali. We’d like to thank all of you in advance for the birthday wishes for our bundle of joy, Aaradhya. Keep the sparkle alive in your life and the lives of your near and dear ones. Have a safe Diwali.
Abhishek Bachchan: “Diwali marks the start of a new year. May this day bring with it happiness, light, peace and prosperity. Aap sab ko Diwali ki hardik shubhkamnaein.”
Madhuri Dixit: “I’d like to wish everyone a very happy Diwali. I hope that all of you meet your friends and all those who are close to you, and spend time with them. Above all, I hope you have a safe Diwali.”
Ajay Devgn: I wish all readers a very happy Diwali. Laugh, smile and have lots of fun with your loved ones. Be safe, and have a prosperous Diwali.
Tabu: “Every Diwali is my favourite as I love the festival. I love dressing up for it. Here’s wishing all the readers a grand Diwali.
Have fun and enjoy yourself with your family. Four years ago, Eid, Diwali and my birthday fell on the same day; and it was a multiple celebration. Every festival should be enjoyed to the fullest.”
Arjun Kapoor: “Here’s wishing all the readers of Hindustan Times a very happy and prosperous Diwali. When I was younger, I did burst a lot of crackers, but I have stopped now, realising how much pollution firecrackers cause. This Diwali, I plan on just taking a break, spending time with my friends and family because all this while I have been working. It will be a good time to catch up with everyone.”
Which Bollywood celebs play high-stakes on Diwali
No one celebrates Diwali better than the film industry does. This season is the time of late night celebrations and groggy mornings in B-town. These festive parties are not only the perfect opportunities to build contacts, but they also give our stars a chance to dress traditionally, indulge in mouthwatering delicacies and gamble without guilt.
Apparently, it was Bollywood’s original showman Raj Kapoor, who started the trend of card parties. His brother Shashi Kapoor and he, threw the most lavish Diwali parties every year, where A-listers got together, played cards and feasted on sumptuous food and flowing wine. READ MORE